China has double sidewalks. One side for people with their heads buried in their cell phones. And the other side for people with their heads free and functioning and available to the outside world.
I think that is a brilliant idea, what China is doing. For, walking the sidewalks or corridors of buildings is becoming a challenge, as are stairs and even doorways.
Welcome to another face of Modernity!
Of which, I take it, Muslims are now an integral part.
The fact is the Internet makes people busy: more busy than they ever were. And that includes the Muslims.
And that takes away from them the time for Allah's Dhikr, and for serious reading and reflection.
And for the Tilaawat (Reading and Recitation) of the Qur'an.
And from this other thing that we have been calling Working for Allah. One way of doing which, we have been saying, is to try and Take the Qur'an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It -- and Which One Does Not?
People may give "Being Busy" as excuse for not doing it, Not Working for Allah I mean, or for doing it less than they would like to, or for cutting corners when they do it, or by getting so tired and exhausted after prolonged interface with the Internet and the Social Media that they are no longer fit for human consumption.
On the Day of Judgement, God Almighty will ask us we were busy doing what.
The Hadith Sharif addresses that contingency in the simplest and clearest of terms. The Hadith says, and I am paraphrasing it here broadly, basically:
"And You Were Busy Doing Precisely What?"
Another way of putting it is:
"Just how did you spend your life?"
If I recall the words right, that part of the Hadith goes something like this:
Wa 'An Umrihee Feema Afnaahu!
And the person will not be allowed to move from his or her place till they have provided a satisfactory answer to that question:
"What did you do with your life?"